Friday, September 29, 2017

This Week

Friday rolls in and here I am with another round of this, that and the other. It’s been an insanely busy week but that’s okay because the bedroom/art room downstairs is 100% finished! I unpacked a bunch of stuff and I set up a table along one wall where I’ll do photography and art. Can you say ‘ridiculously happy’?



The heat wave is gone and it’s now sunny and cool. And because of that, I turned on the oven yesterday and made some apple cinnamon muffins . The house smelled like autumn. Mmm mmm

On Wednesday I prepared a big batch of applesauce on the stovetop, which is crazy easy to make. I tell you, there is nothing like the homemade stuff. Once you have that, the store bought applesauce just doesn’t cut it. It tastes like crap.

Speaking of cooking, this time of year I get very ambitious in the kitchen. I cook up a storm, bake like a madwoman and fill up the freezer with meals and chopped up veggies. I don’t know what gets into me. The most amazing man in the world doesn’t mind this frenzy one bit. He gets some good eating when this mood hits.



Last week a couple of Canadian blogging pals mentioned the television show Mr. Dressup, which ran from 1967 to 1996; the longest-running and most beloved children's program in English Canada. It starred Ernie Coombs who presented arts and crafts, songs, stories and games for children with his friends Casey and Finnegan. I was a huge fan of this series along with the younger of my two older brothers. I have so many fond memories of it that I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I hear the theme song. The TV show ‘The Friendly Giant’ has the same impact on me. Remember that? Good times.



Drawing. It’s been hard to squeeze that in lately but squeeze it in I do. Even if it means a quick and simple sketch. Because practicing regularly is the only way I’m ever going to sharpen these new skills and move forward with them. Here are some of my latest scribbles.





Are you sick of the negative news and the chaos and the stupidities? I sure am. And so I’ve been spending less and less time on social media this week because of it. I need a break from the madness, the ignorance and the nastiness. The only thing I’ve been enjoying this week is visiting your blogs, watching stuff on YouTube (especially drawing lessons), searching for recipes and looking at photos on Instagram. It’s been a peaceful week.

And that’s all I have to say today. I’ll end this post with a fun tribute to Mr. Dressup. Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Now excuse me while I get some tissues…sniff…


40 comments:

  1. Glad you got your hobby room all done! All the food you've made sounds wonderful!

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  2. Keep up the good artwork, Martha! And you know, I'm so old that I remember that Mr. Dressup started out as a character in another kid's show before he got his own starring show. It was called "Butternut Square" and ran for about a year or so, if I remember correctly. And I think Casey and Finnegan started there too, because their treehouse was in the big butternut tree that the show was named for. Now THERE'S Canadian trivia!

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    1. You got me beat there, Debra! LOL Definitely interesting Canadian Trivia. You're my husband's age. I should ask him if he remembers such a show.

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  3. Loved, loved, loved Mr. Dressup. And the Friendly Giant. I do cry when I hear that song.

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    1. The theme song for The Friendly Giant are particularly tear-inducing!

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  4. Awwww.... the tickle trunk!!! Thanks for that, Martha! -Jenn

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  5. I ReMEmber watching Mr Dressup with my kids.

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  6. Yay ~ You have a dedicated space to pursue your passions, Martha! I remember Mr. Dress Up, but most of all I remember The Friendly Giant!

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    1. The Friendly Giant was the best, Louise! I was glued to the TV when it came on! LOL

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  7. Mr. Dress Up was such a gentle, cheerful character. It was a wonderful program for little ones. Glad your interior decorating is coming along so well. You two have worked HARD! Won't it be nice to be done :)

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    1. He was. He actually reminds me of my father who was also a very gentle and cheerful character. Perhaps this is another reason why I loved this program so.

      And yes, it will be fantastic when all the work is done! It won't come too soon for me :)

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  8. Of course it is spring here, but in autumn I generally want to move house. Flying north for the winter maybe? It's a sort-of anti-nesting, I want to throw things away and pack things up and move on.

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    1. HAHA! Love your comment about anti-nesting. I feel that way in winter. I wouldn't hesitate to ditch this place in January and February (the worst months of the year) and spend them in a tropical area! In spring I want to declutter and get rid of half the stuff in the house :)

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  9. When we lived in Medford, Oregon, we had an apple tree in our backyard. Made tons of applesauce, and you are right, so easy to make! Also made apple crisp, delicious and easy too!

    Glad you got the art room/bedroom done! A place to be creative! Your drawings are sooooo good! Enjoy looking at them like I enjoyed your photos you have posted here on your blog :)

    Happy weekend!

    betty

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    1. Oh, apple crisp, Betty! That is the best. I should make that soon. I love all the recipes this time of year. And they make the house smell so nice.

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  10. Nice to catch up with your week, fabulous that your room is finished and ready! Will look forward to more of your art pieces!

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  11. Hi Martha :)) Our heat wave is gone too, but why must Mother Nature make it freeze overnight already??? I feel like we go right from summer to winter, then winter to summer. Anyway, I do miss the heat...but 43 to 2 is quite an extreme! :) Applesauce is really easy, I make it in the slow cooker which is even easier, and you're right, the store bought stuff is crap in comparison! Flavourless! I'm hoping we can get out apple picking this month, it'll depend on the dogs though. We can't really leave them all alone and bringing 5 with us might be anxiety-challengin lol...

    Oh, Mr. Dressup. I loved that show. My sisters always told me I sounded like Casey though, I hated them for that lol!

    Honestly Martha, I do NOT follow the news at all. Once in a while I'll hit TMZ for celebrity gossip and I get wind of something important, but otherwise, I'm content with what might be called "my ignorance". What you said, visiting blogs, watching stuff on You Tube (for me it's been knitting videos), recipe searching and photo browsing...that's what I DO. :) That and painting and doggy daycare...I'm very content! Have a great weekend, we have weekender-neighbours next door today so we're hiding again hee hee...

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    1. Oh, Rain, I can't imagine how much work is involved with 5 dogs! One alone would probably do me in :)

      Mr. Dressup is one of the most beloved shows from those days. He was such a gentle man who made all his shows a lot of fun. I've got a lot of good memories of that period of my life. That is funny about your sisters! Siblings...they say things like that...hahaha Well, I thought Casey was adorable. So there...LOL

      The news gets very tiring very quickly. I usually like to know what's going on but the past year has been particularly overwhelming, especially with the problems and divisiveness going on with our southern friends. I've taken a break lately and it's been very relaxing. I'll have to do this more often!

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  12. Thank goodness the heat has gone. I've been doing veggies and soup for the freezer, tried a new to me soup of parsnip and apple. It was yummy. Glad you squeezed n a bit of drawing and that your art room is all finished. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I hope you had a lovely weekend. This time of year I love making soups. So perfect for those cold autumn days.

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  13. He reminds me a lot of Mr. Rogers

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    1. I'm not surprised. He was an understudy Mr. Rogers. And he was actually born in the U.S.

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  14. Hey Martha,

    Ah yes, the legendary Mr. Dressup! Right up there with, The Friendly Giant and of course, Chez Helene!

    Time to go eat some apple sauce. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week ahead. I'm going to go on YouTube and watch some reruns of, The Beachcombers, eh 😃

    Gary

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    1. The Beachcombers! HAHAHA Now there's a Canadian show :) Thanks for sparking that memory, Gary. Hope you're doing well!

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  15. I hear you about all the bad/ugly/hateful/stupid news out there lately! The world appears to be going to a very dark place lately.

    Now Mr. Dress Up is another matter altogether. I remember watching it with my younger siblings at home years ago. He and his friends made it all look so simple and kind.

    Keep up with your drawing......you are good!
    Our warm and humid weather has gone as well. I am welcoming the cooler temps here in Nova Scotia!
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Those were happier and simpler times, Jim. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that period of my life for just a little while and not know what I know today! Ah, that childhood innocence...

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  16. Staying away from the negativity is a very good idea. I got a bit addicted to CNN for a while but I'm cutting back. Most of it is just crazy! Have a wonderful week.😆

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    1. Hi, Geraldine. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the negativity can become quite addictive. And it is utterly exhausting. I'm glad I took time off and had some peace in my days. Enjoy the week!

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  17. Your drawings are coming along nicely. Great job. I am spending less tome on social media, too. Have a good weekend and enjoy your new art room!

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  18. HI Martha...
    And now an artist!!! you go girl!!!
    Loved Mr Dress Up...and the Friendly Giant..."Look up...look way up"
    My kids grew up on those shows...
    Have a great week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Aw, that line :) The Friendly Giant was the best. It brings back so many good memories and good feelings. Happy October!

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  19. Always good to catch up with your news Martha.
    Pleased that your room is ready, that you are enjoying your cooking and some brilliant art work too.
    Wow!

    Happy October.

    All the best Jan

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi, Jan! Happy October to you. I hope it's a lovely month ahead.

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  20. I am so happy for you that your room downstairs are ready and i can imagine the peace you would have felt while unpacking the stuff and placing it on it's suitable place (what women do best) and (what women born for) :)

    I absolutely LOVED you art Martha! Loved the expression on their faces particularly! You are DOING GREAT!

    Haha... it happens sometimes when we just feel slipped on one side of the scale and enjoy the one special version of us as you are satisfying your cooking instinct .

    you hubby must be take great advantage of this aspect of your mood. Loved the muffins and apple jam like dish.

    I watched many years "Sesame Street" show for years and it is still pleasurable memory in my heart.

    Enjoyed the video you shared so much ,really sweet of you to sharing this livelihood.

    Staying away from negativity is best treat you can give to yourself my friend

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    1. Oh, Baili, I LOVED Sesame Street! I watched it all the time when I was a child. I learned how to recognize and write many words from that program. And of course, I learned the whole alphabet!

      Yes, staying away from negativity is important for our peace of mind.

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